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  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues

    01/18/2016 5:39:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    About 10 union activists protested Thursday outside the Midland headquarters of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The issue was the free-market think tank's involvement in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could make it illegal to force government employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The protesters were holding signs from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). From 2005 to 2013, the SEIU had a dues skimming scheme by which the union collected more than $34 million from home-based caregivers, many who were were caring for family members or friends. Progress Michigan,...
  • Rauner Order: State Workers Don’t Have To Pay Union Dues

    02/09/2015 3:59:51 PM PST · by Proud2BeRight · 36 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/9/15 | John Dodge
    "CHICAGO (CBS) — State workers who do not agree with their union’s political activities would not have to pay dues under an executive order signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner."
  • Union Sells Out Members To Keep Dues Money Flowing

    05/16/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A union representing workers in the Wyoming Public Schools district gave up as much as $12,700 in annual salary and concessions that would have been paid to its members so the union could keep language in the contract that makes the payment of dues or fees mandatory as a condition of employment. But the state's right-to-work law makes that illegal if the contract takes effect after a specific date, and, Matt Lewis, director of finance and human resources for Wyoming Public Schools, said district officials believe that clause is not enforceable. The Kent County Education Association wanted the district to...
  • California teachers suing to end mandatory union dues

    07/01/2013 7:54:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 01, 2013/
    A group of California teachers is preparing for a Supreme Court battle to overturn forced union dues in a groundbreaking lawsuit filed in June. For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations. The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.
  • 5 troopers sue over union dues in Alaska

    01/09/2013 6:50:07 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    ap ^ | January 9, 2013 | BECKY BOHRER
    Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected, arguing the current system infringes upon their constitutional rights. The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Alaska, states that even though the five are non-union members, they still pay dues. The lawsuit states that employees who do not opt-out of the current system wind up paying full dues, including those that go toward political purposes.
  • The NLRB's Union Bonus--With the election over, the labor board guts the Beck decision on dues.

    12/26/2012 5:07:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12-23-12 | WSJ
    Christmas came early for Big Labor last week when the National Labor Relations Board handed down a pair of decisions that overturned longstanding precedent and will deliver a windfall to union finances. On Wednesday, the NLRB voted 3-to-1 to gut protections for workers who don't want their money spent on politics. In states without right-to-work laws, employees of unionized companies are coerced into paying dues as a condition of employment. But under the Supreme Court's 1988 Beck decision, workers are allowed to withhold the portion of their dues that unions spend on political activity. Unions must also maintain independently verified...
  • Fight for Your (Beck) Rights

    12/17/2012 8:30:15 AM PST · by Cheerio · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 17, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    The former union member who won landmark worker protections from organized labor nearly 25 years ago said the Obama administration’s attempt to subvert those safeguards is responsible for the rise of right-to-work battles.
  • (VIDEO) How to Opt Out of a Teachers' Union Membership

    12/11/2012 8:31:34 AM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | dec 2012
    SEND THIS TO YOUR TEACHER FRIENDS
  • TSA Unionized – Americans Screwed

    11/17/2012 4:44:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    freedom outpost ^ | 11-17-12 | Tim Brown
    On November 9, 2012 the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a press release indicating that “Workers at the Transportation Security Administration made history today when they voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774.” The AFGE represents over 650,000 employees of the federal government. It is the largest union for non-postal federal employees and the largest union for D.C. workers who report directly to the mayor. Brian Koenig writes that the AFGE “coerces members to fork over...
  • What Wisconsin means

    06/08/2012 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 7,2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    It was predictable. In Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) instituted by executive order a similar reform seven years ago, government-worker unions have since lost 91 percent of their dues-paying membership. In Wisconsin, Democratic and union bosses (a redundancy) understood what was at stake if Walker prevailed: not benefits, not “rights,” but the very existence of the unions. So they fought and they lost. Repeatedly. Tuesday was their third and last shot at reversing Walker’s reforms. In April 2011, they ran a candidate for chief justice of the state Supreme Court who was widely expected to strike down the law....
  • Attorney General Orders State To Stop SEIU 'Dues Skim'

    06/04/2012 6:11:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2012 | Tom Gantert
    When the Service Employees International Union convention begins Monday in Colorado, there will be some bad news from its leaders out of Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released a letter Friday that mandated that state agencies were to end the withholding of SEIU dues from private individuals who provide home health care. "Private individuals do not transform into public employees simply by participating in taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid," he said in the letter. "In order to comply with the law, state agencies should end the withholding of public union dues from private individuals who provide home help." Gov. Rick...
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via twincities.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • Probation officers win suit (against unions) over free speech rights

    05/03/2012 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies
    Copyright © 2012, The Daily Record. ^ | Posted: 5:30 pm Tue, April 24, 2012 | By Daily Record Staff
    ROCHESTER, NY--Four Monroe County probation officers have won relief in their protracted federal legal battle against two government unions for violating their First Amendment rights. The four officers, led by David Scheffer, filed the suit with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys. The probation officers sued the Civil Service Employees Association and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for seizing forced union dues from their paychecks for illegal union expenditures. The officers charged that union officials were spending their forced dues on union organizing drives, despite the officers’ objections, according to a Right...
  • Alternatives to donor based, ie, freepathon business model?

    I've checked with an ad agency. We can probably raise the funds we need to operate FR at our current level and at the current market price for online advertising if we run a banner ad at the top of every page and at least one rectangular ad in the above the fold body of the page and a couple rectangular ads in the sidebar. If that doesn't generate enough revenue, we can also run pop ups or pop unders and we can even run audio and video ads if need be. But of course, if we go full bore...
  • Barrett, Falk split on union issues

    04/16/2012 10:21:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Stein & Patrick Marley
    Madison - How much public workers should pay for benefits is emerging as a new flash point in the Democratic race to see who will take on Scott Walker in the recall election for governor. The two leading contenders part ways significantly, with Kathleen Falk wanting to open the issue back up in union negotiations and Tom Barrett wanting to keep employee contributions at current levels. And although both say they would attempt to re-establish the ability of public-sector unions to engage in negotiations - which was lost under Walker - they differ in how they would go about trying...
  • House Ready To Move Bills Prohibiting Automatic Union PAC Deductions

    12/06/2011 6:32:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation to prohibit public school districts from deducting contributions to political action committees (PACs) from employee paychecks appears to be on a fast track in the Michigan House. House Bills 5085 and 5086 are scheduled to be taken up by the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on Dec. 6. It seems likely the measures will receive committee approval that day and be sent to the House floor. The apparent goal is to have the legislation passed by the House and sent to the Senate before the upcoming end-of-the-year holiday break. “We think this is good policy,” said House Redistricting and...
  • SEIU siphons 'dues' from Mich. Medicaid payments

    11/11/2011 3:03:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/11/11 | Joel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
    If you're a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues. Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which...
  • Obama Administration Rejects 'Backwards' Call to Cut U.N. Funds

    09/07/2011 2:59:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    AP via FOX News ^ | September 7, 2011
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday stepped up criticism of calls by some members of Congress to withhold or slash U.S. funding of the United Nations, saying such moves were "backward" and would seriously undermine America's role as a world leader. Republican-led efforts in Congress could force the U.S. to withhold half of its annual contribution to the world body. A senior State Department official said the administration's engagement with the United Nations and promise to pay its dues had bolstered once-languishing U.S. influence at the world body that should not be squandered. "We oppose the backwards calls we...
  • Secret Document: Only 4% of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to ‘Improve Teaching’

    08/31/2011 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/31/11 | Kyle Olson
    It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44 per member every year. This is according to a document obtained from an internal source of the Indiana State Teachers Association, one of...